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06 August 2015

Country Music Fest Organizers Lose Gov't Contract Following Georgia Unfiltered Investigation

Paulding County officials ended its relationship with Celeb Scene, Inc., following a Georgia Unfiltered investigation into the company's failed Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival held in Carrollton last month.

The Paulding Neighbor reports the Paulding County Industrial Building Authority (PCIBA) cancelled Celeb Scene's contract to operate Atlanta Film Studios after seeing Georgia Unfiltered's articles about the beleaguered country music concert [Spigolon (5 August 2015). Paulding agency cuts ties with movie studio manager amid music festival claims. Paulding Neighbor. Retrieved on 6 August 2015.].

The $80,000 contract was awarded to Celeb Scene just weeks before the company announced it was organizing the Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival.

Since then, Celeb Scene has faced allegations that they failed to pay the graphics designer for the Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival logo he created. Graphics designer James Roger Curtis says in a federal lawsuit that Celeb Scene agreed to pay him $5,000 a month to create, design, and develop both a logo and a website to promote and market the Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival.

Curtis said he was never paid for his work, according to legal filings.

Celeb Scene is also being investigated by Carrollton Police for allegedly not paying the vendors they contracted to provide services at the festival.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.